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Helping Those in Need

Photo caption: Photo taken of a New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina.

In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, the Walsh/DiTolla/Spivak Foundation established a special fund to provide assistance to IATSE members and their families who have suffered serious financial hardship.

Many IATSE members have suffered tremendous losses and have been forced to evacuate their homes.  Others have lost their jobs and will suffer from the resulting economic impact on their communities.  Some may face unexpected medical bills or need to provide housing or other assistance to relatives who have suffered losses.  It is our hope that financial assistance from the Foundation will enable these members and their families to get back on their feet in the aftermath of this tragedy.

The IATSE has donated $10,000 to the Fund.  A request went out to all local unions, members and friends of the IATSE community to contribute what they can to the “Hurricane Katrina Fund.”  A substantial amount of money was collected and distributed to those who needed financial assistance.